Many of us already know that exercise is good for your physical health when it comes to losing weight, lowering blood pressure and getting into an active lifestyle. What you might not know is how exercise is also extremely good for your mental health, and has been found to fight anxiety, moderate depression, dementia and reduces cognitive issues. “Psychiatrist Madhukar Trivedi has shown that three or more sessions per week of aerobic exercise or resistance training, for 45 to 60 minutes per session, can help treat even chronic depression. Effects tend to be noticed after about four weeks and training should be continued for 10-12 weeks for the greatest anti-depressant effect.”
Exercising also releases serotonin in the brain, the body’s natural feel-good hormones which can make problems seem more manageable and even if you don’t have any cognitive issues, exercise has been linked to reducing the likelihood of depression and also maintains mental health as we age. With your newfound knowledge prioritize your training not only for your body, but more importantly for your mind.